UFAI Running and Jogging Articles Archive

Overpronation: What Is It and How Can You Correct It?

Overpronation: What Is It and How Can You Correct It?

The shape of the human foot and its mechanics are designed to minimize the stress of walking or running. When your foot pushes off, it propels you forward by rolling outward, or supinating. When it strikes the ground again, it absorbs the shock of impact by rolling inward, or pronating. This process is normal and healthy. In fact, it’s crucial read more »

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Don’t Fall Behind When You “Fall Back”! Attack the Night with these Six Tips for Running in the Dark

Don’t Fall Behind When You “Fall Back”! Attack the Night with these Six Tips for Running in the Dark

Daylight savings ends tomorrow, November 5. As we prepare to “fall back,” keep in mind that the earlier sunset and chillier weather will have an impact on your winter exercise routine. In low-light conditions, running can be a tad bit more dangerous than usual. Hazards along the road or trail could lead to missteps and possible injury. You’re not afraid read more »

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Calling All Marathoners: You MUST Read This Before Starting Your Training

Calling All Marathoners: You MUST Read This Before Starting Your Training

When the airhorn blows over Dodger Stadium the morning of March 18, 2018, over 25,000 runners will take to the streets in the 33rd annual Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. Thousands of those participants will be making the attempt for the first time. If you’re interested in counting yourself among these intrepid competitors, then the time to begin your training read more »

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Over Age 40? It’s Never Too Late to Start Running. How to Safely Chase Good Health While Hitting the Pavement

Over Age 40? It’s Never Too Late to Start Running. How to Safely Chase Good Health While Hitting the Pavement

At any age, adding exercise to your routine is one of the surest ways to improve overall health and quality of life. Exercise has been proven to improve functioning in your immune system, help you keep your weight under control, and help you get a better night’s rest. What’s not to love? But for people over 40, regular exercise is read more »

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The Homeless are Now Running From LA’s Skid Row to Rome’s Marathon. How a Local Judge is Making a Difference

The Homeless are Now Running From LA’s Skid Row to Rome’s Marathon.  How a Local Judge is Making a Difference

For most folks who love to run, preparing for and completing a marathon requires an enormous amount of effort, commitment and ongoing dedication. Imagine the multiplied difficulty of training for and completing a marathon when you are a homeless person striving to overcome drug and/or alcohol addiction. The Honorable Craig Mitchell is a distinguished Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. read more »

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First It’s High Tech Running Shoes, Now It’s Time for High Tech Socks to Shine!

First It’s High Tech Running Shoes, Now It’s Time for High Tech Socks to Shine!

Yes, there are socks made specifically for runners. What makes them different from your typical casual socks is that they are designed to keep your feet dry and comfortable while running for prolonged periods of time, such as during a marathon. When you run, especially if you sweat a lot (and who doesn’t), it’s crucial to equip your feet and read more »

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Ready to Embark on Your First Marathon? Put One Foot in Front of the Other with these Four Essential Tips

Ready to Embark on Your First Marathon? Put One Foot in Front of the Other with these Four Essential Tips

To millions of Americans, the marathon is more than a race: it’s a symbol of self-discipline and commitment to reaching a long-term goal. Less than 1% of people living today can say they have conquered this remarkable achievement. Still, each year, over half a million marathon hopefuls across the nation will, after several laborious hours, cross that glittering finish line. read more »

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Are You Risking Foot and Ankle Injuries by Running on Harder Surfaces? This Is What Science Says

Are You Risking Foot and Ankle Injuries by Running on Harder Surfaces? This Is What Science Says

Imagine yourself trying out a new running trail, and you come to a crossroads. On the left, a paved sidewalk circling a park. On the right, a dirt path patted out around a pond. Which path would be easier on your body? The answer, it turns out, is not as easy as you might think. “Many runners believe that they’re read more »

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The Surprising Cause of Heel and Knee Pain: It Could Be the Way You Walk

The Surprising Cause of Heel and Knee Pain: It Could Be the Way You Walk

Last week, we posted about overpronation, some common injuries that befall overpronators, and some methods of dealing with aches and pains and preventing injuries. This week, we’re revisiting the topic of pronation to talk about the much less common condition, underpronation, also known as supination. If you recall, pronation refers simply to the rotational motion of the midfoot inward and read more »

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